Bad bet: Scholes faces FA charges over football wagers

April 17 – Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct by the FA for allegedly breaking betting rules.

The alleged misconduct spans a period of almost four years with Scholes placing the bets between 17 August 2015 and 12 January 2019.

The 44-year-old coached Oldham Athletic between February and March this year and has a 10% stake in fifth-tier side Salford City, but there is no suggestion that he would have bet on the outcome of Oldham Athletic’s matches or results of Salford City. Scholes has until April 26 to respond to the charge.

In 2014 the FA tightened their rules on gambling, imposing a blanket ban on any betting at any level of the game for anyone involved in football. The FA interprets the ban expansively as ‘all bets are off.’

During his playing days Scholes won 11 Premier League titles with Manchester United and was capped 66 times by England. He retired in 2013 and became a part-owner of Salford in 2014 alongside former United players Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt.

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